12 Days of Christmas in Blogland - Day 2

... how did everyone's Christmas turn out?  Ours was very nice, at my DS's house.  My DBIL cooked up a storm.  My favourite was the prawns in zucchini flowers panfried in tempura batter - scrumptious!

Unfortunately, though, we had a huge thunderstorm in Melbourne, in the late afternoon/early evening.  Flash flooding, huge hailstones and thunder and lightning.  I came home from dropping one of my mother's friends home to find this had happened to my  Christmas Grotto and Christmas Tree:

You might remember that a few weeks ago I posted it about it raining in DD's bedroom - while this time it was pouring!

So, today the all the Christmas decorations ended up being packed away.  I know, I know it is too early but it was just easier in the end after the storm.  DH is still in a lot of pain with his back so it was a very quiet day despite being DS2's 19th birthday.  Traditionally we have always gone out to dinner and a film for his birthday (Boxing Day being such a quiet day) but because of DH's back we bought Chinese takeaway and watched "Rise of the planet of the apes" which DH had being given for Christmas by DD's BF - wasn't he thoughtful (the BF I mean)?

Anyway, I made lots of progress (despite spending five hours doing DH's ironing - this was my Christmas present to him - we decided not to exchange proper gifts this year as we are off to the U.S.A for a month's holiday in March,  and we will probably buy lots of souvenirs, etc.) on La Belle Etoile - so even though I didn't get it finished by Christmas Day, I should get it finished before the end of 2011 - fingers crossed.

Before today's stitching:
 My progress today:

There are some fabulous giveaways listed on my sidebar - so please check them out and watch this space as I am going to have a Giveaway for the 12 Days of Christmas in Blogland - I will post about it in the next couple of days (once I work out what it will be! lol!)

Hugs, Kaye xoxox


Jan said…
What a mess the storm made. I hope none of your decorations were broken. I love the samPler. You have made enormous progress. The colours are pretty.
pam said…
Sorry for the mess. Sampler is lovely.
beagleAnnie said…
You've been through a lot. You made a great progress. I'm looking forward to see the finished one.
Shirlee said…
Kaye ... So very sorry you had some damage from the storm : ( I hope your DH's back is better soon. Your sampler is coming along wonderfully! Blessings, Shirlee
Rachael G said…
Sampler is lovely!!

I hope nothing is ruined!!
cucki said…
oh no..so sorry about the damage you had from the storm..
hope DH feel better soon..
sampler is looking so lovely..
love for you xx
Chris said…
Sounds like Christmas dinner was great but so sorry that you had to come home to so much storm damage:(

Your stitching looks great!
EvalinaMaria said…
Oh my Lord, that's the last thing that you need it. I'm so sorry that storm spoiled your Christmas.

Nice progress on your WIP!

{{{love and hugs}}}
SoCal Debbie said…
Happy Birthday to your son! It's great that you are planning a vacation to the USA soon! Where will you be visiting? Say "hi" if you come to California!
sharine said…
What a mess to come home to:-( Your sampler looks very pretty.
Dani - tkdchick said…
What an awful thing to have happen at Christmas time!

You've made fantastic stitchy progress today. Good luck on getting it done for the new year.
Loretta said…
So sorry about storm and the mess it made. What a crappy ending to a beautiful day!

The sampler is sure lovely. I look forward to seeing it finished.

Take care!
Oh Kaye! I saw the storm and the hailstones on last night's news...certainly makes for a memorable Christmas. I hope the clean up is not too difficult and you get plenty of hot non-humid days to dry up the water.

well that sucks, I keep forgetting you are at the other side of the world. Belated birthday greetings to your dd and hope dh is feeling a little better.

Veronica said…
Aiks! I'm sorry to hear about what happened. Hope your DH is feeling better? Lovely progress on your WiP :)

mdgtjulie said…
This is the first I had heard of your DH's back problems, so I said a prayer for him. I hope he continues to improve. Are you going to be anywhere near me? I'd love to meet up with you while you're in the USA. I hope you enjoy your trip, and I'm glad the storm wasn't too bad for you!

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